Animation has been a part of cinematography for years, but Toy Story changed the way animation would forever be made. The American computer-animated film was the first of many Disney/Pixar films to be created. On top of this, it was the first feature film to ever be created entirely with CGI.
Directed by John Lasseter, the film debuted in 1995 to eagerly awaiting audiences. Toy Story features the voices of Tom Hanks and Tim Allen, who play the rolls of Woody and Buzz Lightyear. Woody is a pull-string cowboy doll who is the leader of a group of toys that belong to a boy named Andy Davis.
All of the toys come to life whenever they want, but remain inanimate when humans are around. The toys stage a mission to discover Andy’s new presents, only to find out he has received a space ranger Buzz Lightyear action figure. With Buzz’s impressive features, he soon replaces Woody as Andy’s favorite toy.
The original movie follows the adventure of Woody and Buzz fighting for dominance while looking to be Andy’s favorite toy. The story is original, mind-boggling, and unlike any other animation that had ever been made.
It earned over $191 million in the United States and Canada during its initial theatrical release and generated a remarkable $361 million worldwide. As imagined, the reviews were overwhelmingly positive with praises coming in about the technical innovation of the animation along with the wit and sophistication of the screenplay.
What is mind-boggling is the fact that Toy Story is actually Pixar’s lowest grossing film, which goes to show you what kind of work Pixar has done in the box office. While the original film is the lowest, Toy Story 3 is the highest grossing film earning over $1 billion worldwide.
Because the original was so successful, a sequel was released in 1999. And 11 years later saw the release of the highest grossing Pixar film as the third installment came out on June 18, 2010. Much like the first version, both sequels were instant hits and gained critical acclaim. Part’s one and two were also re-released as a double feature in Disney Digital 3-D on October 2, 2009 to get fans excited for the third.
Toy Story has taken animation and film in general to a level unlike anything to date. It was selected into the National Film Registry as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” in its first year of eligibility in 2005. And with the creation of the original adventure, animation has forever changed.